PITCH IN TO HELP REALTOR VICTIMS OF NASHVILLE FLOODING
Your Association is trying to reach out to our colleagues in Nashville who were affected by the recent floods. We have been contacted by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®, which is trying to coordinate relief efforts for REALTORS® whose homes have been damaged by the floods.
The GRRA hopes to send a group of volunteers in the next few weeks to do clean-up and repair work, but we need to know how many people we can send. Ideally, we’d like to send people over a weekend. The association will take care of all related expenses.
If you’re interested in helping out, e-mail Glen Baity (email@example.com), or call him at 854-5868. When you write, be sure to include the following:
1) Your weekend availability in June and July
2) Any unique expertise you have (hanging drywall, etc.)
Once we get an indication of how many volunteers we may have, we can start firming up details. This trip could make a huge difference in the lives of your REALTOR® colleagues in Tennessee, so we hope you’ll consider donating your time and sweat to this worthy cause.
GET A KID READY FOR SCHOOL IS NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS
Through mid-August, RCSC committee members will be collecting donations for the annual Get a Kid Ready for School fundraiser. As it does every year, this drive will help local students who can't afford school supplies have all the items they need on the first day of school.
Please remember RCSC is trying to get all of their donations in place as early as possible since there are no regular luncheons between now and August (there is no luncheon in July). You should start to see the familiar pencil boxes popping up in major offices. You can also find one at the GRRA's front desk.
Thank you for helping local students achieve to their fullest potential. If you have any questions please contact Megan Tasman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWS FROM THE CITY OF GREENSBORO
ACCESS WATER BILL INFO ONLINE
The City of Greensboro is making it easier for customers to access information about their water bill with a new online service called WebConnect. WebConnect, which can be accessed at www.greensboro-nc.gov/onlineservices, is a secure way for customers to pay their water bill, make changes to their billing information, and review bill details such as water usage online. Customers can also use the service to sign-up for e-billing to receive water bills via e-mail.
When customers log on to WebConnect, they will be able to choose what level of access they want─ premium, standard or landlord. Premium access requires customers to create an online account with a user name and password, and provides all billing information. Standard access doesn’t require customers to create an account and only provides bill balance and payment options. And, landlord access, which also doesn’t require customers to create an account, allows landlords to view bill balances on all their properties and make payments. It’s free to use all options, but a convenience fee of $1.95 will be charged when making online payments.
For more information about this new service, call 336-373-CITY (2489).
CITY CRIME DECLINES IN 1ST QUARTER
Crime rates for January to March of 2010 have declined compared to the same months last year, according to the Greensboro Police Department (GPD). Violent crime is down by 24 percent, property crime by 2 percent and homicides have dropped by 80 percent.
"We monitor crime trends regularly and have seen a steady reduction over the last year. Now, the challenge we face is driving those numbers even lower and stabilizing them at a lower level. That's a task we have to to have community involve in," said Police Chief Tim Bellamy.
Bellamy also links the decline in crime to the decline in the number of weapons seized as evidence. That number also decreased by 40 percent for the quarter compared to last year.
According to Assistant City Manager Michael Speedling, the crime data suggests police and residents are working together effectively. “A lot of factors affect crime and some of those are harder to impact than others. One thing I’m sure of is that we wouldn’t have such significant drops if we weren’t all working toward the same goal of creating a safer City.”
The Chief also cautions against interpreting downward trends as license to be less vigilant. “Crime trends generally follow a cyclical pattern and just as crime decreases for a variety of factors it may increase in the future if those factors aren’t in place,” Bellamy said.
GPD generates data based on reported offenses during the year. Occasionally,crimes are reported in one calendar year, but actually occurred in another and occasionally cases are unfounded and haven't occurred. For that reason, data that was presented in previous years may be slightly different than data generated with the most current information. Bellamy urges residents to use the crime reports as trend indicators rather than specific counts of criminal offenses.
GUILFORD METRO 9-1-1 AWARDED SECOND INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION
Guilford Metro 9-1-1 (GM 9-1-1) was recently awarded international accreditation as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED), a standard-setting organization that promotes safe and effective emergency dispatch services world-wide. This is the second accreditation GM 9-1-1 has received from IAED in less than four months; the first was for achieving the Emergency Fire Dispatch Center of Excellence accreditation.
GM 9-1-1 is now the 134th emergency communications center / 9-1-1 center in the entire world to be awarded this distinction, and becomes only the fifteenth emergency communications center in the world to hold dual accreditation in Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) and Emergency Fire Dispatch (EFD).
GM 9-1-1 received this accreditation due to its comprehensive implementation and compliance with the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS). MPDS is a comprehensive emergency medical dispatch system designed to provide responder and caller safety, maximize utilization of resources, prioritize responses, provide efficient delivery of pre-arrival instructions, and improve overall emergency medical customer service.
To receive this designation from IAED, GM 9-1-1 had to have proper 9-1-1 communications center management oversight and on-going quality improvement programs in place, and had to make sure its entire staff was in compliance with all MPDS practices.
GM 9-1-1 will be recognized as an Accredited Center of Excellence at the IAED conference later this month in Orlando, Fla.
SPANISH HOUSING HOTLINE CALLS ON THE RISE
From the Greensboro Housing Coalition
Housing counseling services in Spanish to the Spanish-speaking community have sen quick growth over the past two-plus years at the Coalition. Beginning in 2007 with 34 clients, it nearly doubled in 2009 to 63 clients when a new dedicated hotline was added last fall. Through April of this year, service to Spanish-speaking clients over the new hotline is on a pace to double again with 42 clients.
"Six percent of Guilford County's population is Hispanic," said Jacob Goad, the Coalition's former Spanish-speaking housing counselor. "We have a moral obligation to increase outreach to this already marginalized client group." Fair housing laws protect residents from discrimination on the basis of national origin.
Call the Spanish hotline for free housing counseling and information about community services at 685-3870.
CALL TO ACTION: FLOOD INSURANCE, RURAL HOUSING
REALTORS® have been urging Congress to pass a comprehensive National Flood Insurance Program reform bill all year, but lawmakers left town before reauthorizing the NFIP as well as the Section 502 rural housing mortgage guarantee program, which has run out of money for the second time this year despite concerns raised by NAR and others. Regardless of your location, your interest is served when they unite with REALTORS® everywhere to press Congress on both NFIP and rural housing loans.
Go to NAR's Action Center to learn more about these issues and find out what you can do to make your voice heard.
GRRA ANNOUNCES ONLINE BILL PAYMENT, $50 CREDIT FOR PAYING BY JUNE 30
There are only two weeks left to claim your $50 discount! If you haven’t paid your bill online yet, don’t delay – the $50 coupon expires after June 30!You can now view your bill through the members area of www.grra.org. Below, you will find detailed instructions on how to login, pay your bill, print a receipt, and receive a $50 discount when you pay on time! You can also find a PDF version linked to this email that you may download and print if you wish.
Click here to go straight to the login page
You can still pay by phone, check, or in person, but this is a quicker option for those of you who prefer to pay online. You will continue to receive a paper bill through the mail.
PLEASE NOTE: The GRRA recognizes that our members may be experiencing trying times as a result of the current economic environment. With that, your GRRA Board of Directors elected to reduce the semi-annual MLS fee by $40 for all Primary and Secondary REALTOR members beginning with this current billing.
Additionally, Primary and Secondary REALTOR members are eligible to receive a discount of $50 on their current billing if payment is received on time and your payment is made on-line. This discount is not transferable, not good for cash, expires on June 30, 2010, and is forfeited upon termination of membership. See the "Discount" section below for more details. If you have any questions about billing, contact Sharon Gray, 854-5868 or email@example.com.
From the GRRA main page, click on the Login Button.
This will redirect you to our login screen. Please place your user name and password into the boxes provided and click login. We will provide your username below. If you have never logged into our website, your password will be password01.
Your Username will be your e-mail address.
Finding Your Bill
From our member welcome page, click on My Transactions, in the center of the left-hand navigation. In this section you can review your open and closed orders. By clicking on them, you may have a printable version of any open orders or recently closed transactions.
Paying Your Bill
To pay your bill, please click on any of the pay open orders icons/links. This will take you to the order selection screen. Please choose all the orders that you wish to pay for. Note, that to keep your membership current, you must pay ALL open membership orders.
For those who qualify, you may use our discount code to receive a reduction in dues. Before you hit continue, make sure to enter MemDis-052010 into the Discount Code Area. This will only be open for members who pay between May 15th and June 30th, so act fast. Please make sure to hit apply after you have entered your discount code, then you will see the reduction in your membership price.
Click Next, this will take you to the payment screen, where you will enter your credit card information. After you finalize this and hit submit, it will process your payment and you will be given a screen that you may print out for your records.
REALTOR PARTNER NEWS
June is bringing the HEAT! I just wanted to keep you all informed of new things happening in the REALTOR® Partners Program. Below are some updates that you can send in an easy e-mail format, pass out at meetings or it can be used as talking points during a membership meeting.
Get the advantage that gets more homes sold! Look no further, now there’s a new program from REALTOR® Partner Sears Commercial that can help you close more sales. Sign up for Realty Home Advantage, all at no cost to you, and you can offer your customers special pricing on products they need for their homes! Get started now!
June Partner of the Month
Rethink 10%! AT&T wireless is offering exclusive discounts to NC REALTORS®. 10% Discount off monthly access charges, waived Activation Fee with a two year contract, and accessory discounts at any AT&T owned stores. To sign up for service, visit any AT&T Company Owned Retail location. Make sure to provide the following to get your discounts: Foundation Account Number (FAN) – 2017074 and NCAR Verification Letter. If you have questions, or need a letter of verification please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for the Service Corp. BODPlease help spread the word that we are now accepting nominations for three director positions. Directors will serve three year terms starting January 1, 2011. The nominating committee will accept nominations until June 30. Interested members should notify Kristin Miller at 336-217-1047 or email@example.com
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT
USDA Rural Development has $42,500,000 available for our 502 and 504 direct loan and grant programs.
Eligible applicants who want to purchase a home or build may be able to receive 100% financing along with payment subsidy. No down payment and no points. Applicants must have adequate repayment ability and acceptable credit.
The website below will determine if your adjusted gross household income based upon family household size will qualify you for assistance.
Look for income eligibility on the left side.
Funds are available for our guaranteed rural housing program. These loans are made through local financial institutions.
If you own a home with deeded ownership and reside in it as well, you may be eligible to receive up to $20,000 at a 1% interest rate. You must be at least 18 years of age and have acceptable credit. Loans are available to pay tap on fees, install new wells, septic systems, make home more assessable and/or energy efficient, install new HVAC, roof, etc….
Office telephone number: 336 629 4449 ext. 4.
Call if you have questions, needing additional information and would like to apply for assistance.
FOR REALTOR EYES ONLY: EXCLUSIVE RATES FOR EXCLUSIVE REALTORS
NAR is pleased to present REALTORS Core Health Insurance (RCHI) - an affordable and guaranteed-acceptance limited medical insurance program designed exclusively for REALTORS, their eligible dependents, and REALTOR staff members under 65.
Members who will benefit from Realtors Core Health Insurance include those
- Cannot afford comprehensive health insurance
- Have comprehensive health insurance with high deductibles or out-of-pocket costs, and who need affordable coverage for everyday healthcare
- Have tried to get health insurance and have been turned down
Highlights of the RCHI program:
- Guaranteed-acceptance- No medical questions/exams required
- Low cost- Plans start as low as $70.69 per month
- Freedom to choose any provide
- Next day coverage (30 day waiting period for sickness)
Benefits Include: doctor office visits, wellness visits, emergency room benefits, surgery benefits, and more! For coverage information, no-obligation quotes, or to enroll, call a benefit specialist today at (877) CORE-PLAN, (877)267-3752, or visit www.RealtorsCoreHealthInsurance.com/AE
THE GRRA BLOG HAS MOVED!Visit the GRRAblog at its new home on Blogger.com! You can now find us at http://greensbororealtors.blogspot.com. It's a great place to catch up on REALTOR happenings at the local, state and national levels.
To make sure you don't miss anything, be sure to add us to your RSS feeds. If you don't know how to use RSS (which stands for Really Simple Syndication), check out this entry for a quick tutorial.
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